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January Jones: Actress, Model, HuffPo Writer

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January Jones took a break from her busy filming schedule to pen a piece for the Huffington Post today about the dangers of shark finning. Jones, a spokeswoman for non-profit ocean protection group Oceana, wrote the article in support of AB 376, an anti-finning bill that passed the CA state senate last week. The Mad Men actress is asking for Californian's support in getting the bill signed into law.

The piece isn't exactly riveting, but it gets the point across (it was also co-written by Andrew Sharpless, the CEO of Oceana):

Each year, tens of millions of sharks are killed for their fins, mostly to make shark fin soup. Shark finning is a horrific practice in which a shark's fins are sliced off at sea and the shark is thrown back in the water to bleed to death. Thankfully, shark finning is illegal in U.S. waters, but that doesn't stop the shark fin trade. Shark populations around the world are crashing, which has cascading consequences on the marine food web. Sharks keep marine ecosystems in balance; we need sharks to maintain healthy oceans. This bill protects the at-risk shark species that are being targeted in unsustainable and unregulated fisheries worldwide.